May 22, 2002
Members, Planning Commission
FROM: Elizabeth A. Cook, Chief of Planning
Jamison Farms, Uses in the
Floodplain (Two road crossings and other grading)
applicant is requesting special exception approval for disturbance in the
floodplain to permit construction of two road crossings and other grading
in association with proposed recreational uses.
The subject property is proposed to be developed into a 103-lot
residential subdivision using existing R-1 zoning.
Planning Commission held a public hearing on this case on April 25, 2002,
and voted to postpone decision for 30 days to allow for additional review.
The applicant and his representative spoke in favor of the request
and one speaker in opposition expressed concern over the possible effects
(flooding) on downstream properties and ecological concerns over
disturbing a floodplain.
stated in the original staff report, the applicant has prepared a
floodplain study indicating no impacts to offsite floodplain elevations,
and which also provides a more accurate indication of existing floodplain
details beyond the 1979 FEMA maps.
applicant is requesting to use box culverts; however, the Planning
Commission has typically conditioned the use of “conspan”-type designs
with other floodplain crossing special exceptions.
Board of Supervisors approved the preliminary plat for the 103-lot
subdivision on May 20, 2002. This
application is the next step in that two-step preliminary application
process. Should the Planning
Commission choose to forward this special exception with a recommendation
of approval, the staff recommends that such action be based on the reasons
cited in the original staff report and subject to the proposed development
conditions dated May 17, 2002. It
should be noted that condition #7 contains two (2) options for the
Planning Commission’s consideration.
Option A would provide for a conspan-type design, while Option B
would provide for the box culverts proposed by the applicant.